Border, visa and customs information

On the Nicaraguan border


DebConf attendees need a valid passport to enter in Nicaragua. EU, US, Australian, Canadian and most Latin American citizens do not need to apply for a visa before entering Nicaragua. They will be issued a tourist visa when they arrive. Check the wiki page about visas for the list of countries and requirements.

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Customs Rules

Every traveler arriving in Nicaragua has to complete and sign a customs declaration. This form will be provided by your airline or can be obtained at the customs offices.

Personal items exempt from duty:

  • Clothing, personal items, toiletries, make-up, recreational items, and medicines in limited quantities which are necessary or appropiate to meet the needs of the traveler.
  • A camera or video recorder.
  • A portable audio recorder and player.
  • A portable computer or typewriter.
  • Other items in limited quantities for personal use only.
  • 20 packets of cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 prepared sheaves of tobacco and five (5) liters of alcoholic beverages per traveler of legal age.
  • Up to two kilograms of candies.
  • In addition to the pieces of baggage, goods with a value of up to US$ 500.00.
  • Up to $10,000 in cash or checks

In addition to baggage, each traveler may import goods after paying the respective duties, provided that the commercial value does not exceed US$2,000.00. These goods may not be in commercial quantities and are subject to non-tariff regulations and restrictions in force.

If a traveler imports goods of a value greater than indicated above, the goods must be cleared through a customs agent.

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